We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Perhaps one craves more and better luxury as one gets used to it, but I don't see the advantage. I want more space than I've got on my flights, but double the space, not ten times the space, seems like quite enough.
Assistant Village Idiot
Did the first class experience with an offspring when returning to said offspring's alma mater for a special occasion. Happened to hit the inaugural flight of the Dreamliner heading outbound. Was a great experience; return flight with "ordinary" first class a bit of a letdown, but being able to have access to the first class lounges definitely a plus.
Must admit, flying first class left me much more relaxed that being cramped up in steerage when the inconsiderate b..ch in front of me lowered her seat so I could not moved, and complained mightily when I needed to get up to use the facilities. Ended up with seriously swollen legs and - since then - have had to wear pressure stockings when flying.
So Dubai - so over-the-top glitzy. It's pushing 50 deg C (122 deg F) today and dusty. On the other end of the social structure, the workers live 25 to a two bedroom apartment.
Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airlines is also quite nice but shares the same weather. Their airport has a new "Mid-Field Terminal" nearing completion that should be a big improvement - the current terminals are just adequate.
Business class is fine with me. A friend was bumped up to 1st and had complaints about the ergonomics.
Beware booking either Etihad or Emirates in Economy - sometimes they will code-share with down-market lines and you are only warned in the fine print Economy seats in either are pretty decent in terms of space but the seats in Philippines Airlines are built for Filipinos and it's a LONG way from UAE to Manila.